Cyber Command wants greater cyber warfare authority

Future offensive capabilities likely to combine cyberattacks with conventional strikes

The U.S. Cyber Command wants greater power to protect and defend American’s cyber networks in the wake of aggressive action from other nations, reports Colin Clark at AOL Defense.

The need for greater authority comes when other nations are refining and developing offensive capabilities such as powerful denial of service attacks and also engaging in cyber espionage activities aimed at America’s intellectual property, according to Gen. Keith Alexander, who heads the National Security Agency and the command. He spoke of the need for greater authority Nov. 15 at the U.S. Strategic Command’s space and cyber conference in Omaha, Neb.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, who spoke after Alexander, said the military plans to build a cyber offensive capability. Such a capability, according to recent remarks by officials such as Regina Dugan, the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is likely to combine cyberattacks with conventional strikes.

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